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December 2004
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March 2004
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Archive 2003


Mission Travel

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December 2004

December 3 to 17 - MDRP Mission to Uganda
The objectives of the mission were to: (i) review the operational preparedness of the Amnesty Commission; (ii) discuss with the Amnesty Commission, the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, UNICEF and other partners the implementation of special arrangements for 'reporters' younger than 18; (iii) liaise with UNDP with regards to their recent assessment mission on how to assist Uganda in control and destruction of small arms and light weapons - particularly regarding the role of the Amnesty Commission; (iii) assist the Amnesty Commission in linking its support to 'reporters' to broader reintegration support activities, such as NUSAF and activities of other MDRP partners; and (iv) to make a trip to Gulu and/or Kitgum to assess the Commissions operational preparedness at provincial level.

November 2004

November 20 to 27 - Implementation Support Mission to Angola
The mission was a follow up to the World Bank Mission in June to assist IRSEM to finalize the strategic framework for vulnerable groups under the Angola Emergency Demobilization and Reintegration Project (ADRP). The purpose of the mission was to: (i) further discussions with IRSEM on issues related to vulnerable groups; (ii) assist in the presentation of strategic framework to key ministries and partners in Luanda; and (iii) to determine next steps for project funding and implementation.

October 2004

October 14 to 23 - MDRP/World Bank Mission to Angola
The purpose of this mission was to support the Government of Angola in the implementation of the Angola Demobilization and Reintegration Project (ADRP), with specific emphasis on M&E/MIS, information and sensitization, extension of reintegration opportunities, and procurement and financial management progress. The mission held meetings with the Minister of Social Assistance and Reintegration, IRSEM management and staff, key partners (UK, USAID, Norway, Italy, France, UNDP, UNICEF, OCHA, FAO, EC), NGOs, and demobilized soldiers, and visited Huambo and Kuando Kubango provinces.

July 2004

July 12 to 23 - MDRP/World Bank Mission to the Republic of Congo
The purpose of this mission was to discuss the overall structure and approach for a new project to demobilize and reintegrate an estimated number of 20,000 ex-combatants. Specifically, the mission: i) discussed with national and international counterparts the best structure and implementation arrangements to disarm, demobilize and reintegrate remaining and new case-loads of ex-combatants; ii) agreed with counterparts and partners on the outline of a new national multi-component DDR program to be prepared by the government with MDRP and IDA assistance; iii) determined specific technical assistance needs, including with regard to the strengthening of local capacity; iv) reviewed the current reintegration approach and develop options for the streamlined delivery of reintegration benefits; v) identified measures for the repatriation of foreign ex-combatants on Congolese soil; and vi) commenced the reconciliation of databases of previous and current DDR efforts.

June 2004

June 19 to 30 - MDRP Secretariat Mission to the DRC ~ Information and Sensitization
The focus of this mission was to work with CONADER (the National Commission for Demobilization and Reintegration) on the development of an information and sensitization strategy and the creation of a conducive environment for program implementation.

June 14 to 19 - Implementation Support Mission to Rwanda
This mission focused on the following in relation to the Rwanda Emergency Demobilization and Reintegration Project (RDRP): i) review of progress made in social and economic reintegration assistance, including monitoring and evaluation aspects; ii) review of status of child soldier demobilization and reintegration component; iii) assessment of program procurement planning and status; iv) review of program financial management reporting, including status of independent audit; and v) review of information and sensitization activities and strategy
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The mission also worked with the Rwandan Commission for Demobilization and Reintegration (RDRC) on their information and sensitization strategy and implementation plans. Specifically, the mission looked at i) the development of a communication strategy to ensure that program beneficiaries and communities of return are regularly informed of opportunities available to them under the program, as well as to better inform other relevant audiences of program achievements and successes to date; ii) the implementation work plan; iii) systems and instruments to carry out the work plan; and iv) data and materials that have been developed to date.

June 5 to 19 - Implementation Support Mission to Burundi
The focus of this mission was to review implementation readiness of the Burundi Demobilization, Reinsertion and Reintegration Program (DRRP). The specific objectives of the mission were to: i) review progress made towards the fulfillment of conditions of effectiveness of the IDA grant agreed during negotiations; ii) review progress in the establishment of implementation capacity for demobilization activities; iii) review the status of the MDRP special project for child soldier demobilization and reintegration; iv) review status of preparedenss for implementation of transitional safety net payments and reintegration assistance; v) review information and sensitization activities and strategy; vi) review program procurement planning and implementation to date; vii) review program financial management reportings systems; and viii) ensure harmonization of DRRP and MDRP support with partners providing security sector reform assistance.

June 5 to 10 - MDRP Secretariat Mission to Uganda
The purpose of this mission was to: i) assess progress made by the Amnesty Commission in meeting the requirements for special project effectiveness; and ii) assess the existing planning and coordination for reintegration support, particularly in the north of the country.

June 1 to 11 - MDRP Secretariat Mission to Burundi ~ Information and Sensitization
The focus of this mission was to work with the Executive Secretariat for DDR on their sensitization strategy and campaign, specifically looking at materials developed to date, proposed staff plans and Terms of Reference, and the sensitization campaign implementation plans. The mission also looked at the strengthening of coordination and synergies with security sector reform aspects of the DDR program.

May 2004

May 24 to June 5 - MDRP Secretariat Mission to Burundi
The focus of this mission was to assist in the preparation for implementation of the national Demobilization, Reinsertion and Reintegration Program (DRRP), with a particular emphasis on reinsertion and reintegration aspects. The main objectives were to: i)assess the existing plans for reinsertion; ii) discuss with the Executive Secretariat of the National Commission for DRR how it will further develop its plans for reintegration support and possible associated needs to technical assistance; and iii) assess existing coordination mechanisms for reintegration support.

May 3 to 10 - MDRP Secretariat Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo
The focus of this mission was on reintegration aspects of the national DDR program. The main objectives were to: i) assess the existing government plans and institutional framework for reintegration support to ex-combatants; ii) discuss with Government ways in which to further develop a national reintegration strategy and review needs for technical assistance; and iii) assess existing coordination mechanisms of reintegration support.

April 2004

April 22 to May 1 - Angola Demobilization and Reintegration Project Launch
The mission participated in a Project Launch workshop organized by the ADRP that took place April 27, 2004 in Haumbo with the aim of formally informing major partners, stakeholders, and the general population of the broad objectives and implementation procedures to be employed under the ADRP. Specifically, issues of target groups, types of assistance, eligibility criteria to serve as an implementing partner, and broad reintegration strategies were discussed. This national event will be followed by regional and provincial level workshops aimed at training Government executing agency (IRSEM) staff in the detailed application of the project implementation manual and to sensitize potential implementing partners (NGOs, line ministries, etc.) as to the process and procedures to participate in the project.

April 13 to 30 - MDRP Mission to the DRC and the Republic of Congo
To help move the DRC national DDR program toward implementation, the mission worked with national counterparts and international partners in the preparation of a Joint Operations Plan (JOP), which will outline implementation mechanisms and operations sequencing for DDR and Security Sector Reform (SSR) in the DRC. The mission also reviewed special projects implementation progress and the modalities for their integration into the national program.

In the Republic of Congo, the mission participated in a meeting on April 15 during which the team of independent experts presented to the Government and local partners their evaluation of the criteria for and numbers of ex-combatants in the Republic of Congo (see March 2004 RoC mission of independent experts below).

March 2004

March 1 to 31 - Mission of Independent Consultants to Verify Criteria and Numbers of Ex-Combatants in the Republic of Congo
Three independent consultants traveled to the Republic of Congo to: (i) review the criteria in the draft national plan and letter of demobilization policy against MDRP criteria and objectives, specifically in relation to the identification of ex-combatants; (ii) evaluate the actual needs of the country in the area of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration as well as security sector reform; (iii) assess the needs of the various identified groups of ex-combatants; (iv) determine the relative urgency of intervention for each of these groups as well as the possible risks associated with intervention or non-intervention; (v) review what resources and mechanisms are available to support ex-combatants, both within and outside the MDRP framework; (vi) verify the numbers of ex-combatants identified by the Government and compare them against MDRP criteria; and (vii) make recommendations on the way forward for the Government and the MDRP partnership.

March 3 to 14 - MDRP Mission to Burundi for Preparation of Program Implementation
The objective of this mission—which worked closely with the World Bank's Post-Appraisal Mission for the Demobilization, Reinsertion and Reintegration Program (DRRP)—was to work with the government to help it finalize preparations for the implementation of the national DRRP. Some of the issues that were addressed included: (i) plans for reinsertion payments; (ii) planning and coordinating reintegration support; (iii) arrangements for demobilization and reinsertion of child combatants, specifically arrangements for the integration of the special project on child demobilization into the national program.

February 2004

February 25 to March 3 - MDRP Secretariat mission to Uganda
The two main objectives of this mission were to: (i) meet with the Amnesty Commission to assess progress toward special project implementation and discuss the special project in light of the current political setting; and (ii) discuss with the Government the likelihood and potential timing for a national demobilization and reintegration program, the status of the defense review, and the role of the Uganda Veterans Board (UVAB) within the MDRP framework.

February 17 to 28 - Implementation Support Mission - Angola Emergency Demobilization and Reintegration Project (ADRP)
The objectives of this mission were to: (i) assist Government to finalize all aspects of the remaining project effectiveness conditions; (ii) assist in closing down the Project Preparation Facility to ensure a smooth and rapid transition to ADRP implementation; and (iii) review progress under the UNDP/FAO special project. Further, specific humanitarian data (on IDPs and refugees), and other information related to the resettlement and recovery process, were be collected.

January 2004

January 26 to February 6 - Mission to the DRC
Following progress achieved in the DRC with regard to the institutional aspects of the DDR process (in particular, the decrees of 18 December 2003), a team traveled to the DRC to collect and analyze missing information necessary to move to preparation of an IDA credit for a DDR program. Objectives of this mission included: (i) review of progress achieved with regard to the letter of demobilization policy, links between DDR and Security Sector Reform, definitions and estimates of various target groups, as well as the definition of possible reintegration packages; (ii) agreement with the Government on the use of funds from the Program Preparation Facility (PPF), in particular for the establishment of CONADER; and (iii) agreement on a timetable for the finalization of project preparation and for its launch.

 

 
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